You Are Not Your Brain: A Video by Philosopher Alva Noe

Alva Noe , professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley, visits Google’s San Francisco, CA office to discuss his book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.  Noe contends that consciousness is not merely the product of billions of neurons firing in our brains, but rather a complex process resulting from our brains constantly interacting with our environment.  This event took place on April 16, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.  The video is about 54 minutes long , and unfortunately the sound quality isn’t great so you’ll have to turn up the volume.  Noe’s lecture lasts about 30 minutes; the balance is Q&A. 

UPDATE: Appears that the video is once again accessible. A big ‘thank you’ to the Authors @ Google Series.

Here’s a link to an interview Noe did with

And here’s a review of his book by Jonah Lehrer.



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3 responses to “You Are Not Your Brain: A Video by Philosopher Alva Noe

  1. Sandra Dalene VanAlstine – Wanted to introduce myself

    Sandra Dalene VanAlstine

  2. Andrés Huertas

    So the soul, the responsability of consciousness, is something you are not born with, but that you eventually deserve.

  3. Be not fuming that you cannot get others as you wish them to be, since you cannot prevail upon yourself as you wish to be

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